JCB Pioneer: Mars

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JCB Pioneer: Mars

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Available on:PCDec 24, 2018
Nintendo SwitchDec 24, 2018

Developer: Atomicom

Publisher: GamesCo

WHAT IS JCB PIONEER: MARS? JCB Pioneer: Mars drops you onto the surface of The Red Planet. Your mission: To survive and prepare Mars for future human colonization. Experience incredible survival sandbox gameplay and explore Mars using a selection of futuristic, ultra-rugged JCB vehicles designed specifically for the challenge. Mine precious materials, construct large-scale buildings and research new technologies to ensure humanity's future lies beyond planet Earth. Soon, you'll be able to team up online with other Pioneers to expand your base and earn special rewards. JCB Pioneer: Mars brings the harsh reality of the Red Planet to life with detailed high definition graphics, vehicle physics and weather effects from Unreal Engine 4. KEY FEATURES - A hardcore blend of survival and construction gameplay - Mine new resources, construct buildings and research new technology to grow your colony - The power of Unreal Engine 4 provides players an ultra-realistic, breath-taking planetary experience - Traverse the planet using highly futuristic heavy-duty construction and mining vehicles designed by actual JCB engineers - Overcome everything the hostile environment throws at you including meteor strikes, dust clouds and electrical storms

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In spite of a fairly interesting and unique set piece, JCB Pioneer: Mars never quite manages to take advantage of its Martian background.

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The concept of JCB Pioneer: Mars, in isolation, is potentially interesting. The Switch version, however, presents so many obstacles to gameplay that I feel comfortable calling it unplayable. The release of games like this and ARK: Survival Evolved draw into question the existence of Nintendo's quality control. Products like this are an embarrassment to Nintendo's digital offerings.

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There may be something here for you if you’re looking for a game that simulates the experience of planetary colonization so accurately that it includes every ounce of tedium that would come from a solitary life as a Martian colonist. There is also something to be said for being able to take this game on the go, if that’s your thing. However, for a product which fails to inspire a sense of mystery and wonder beyond its opening moments and which is still so rough around the edges, there are simply better, more enriching and more engaging options for your money on the Switch. In other words, don’t listen to Hauser; don’t get your ass to Mars.

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